FPAA honors two Nogales legends - The Packer

FPAA honors two Nogales legends

11/08/2011 04:40:00 PM
Greg Johnson

Greg JohnsonShelley Harrison-Valdivia, granddaughter of Al Harrison, accepts a Pillar award from the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas at its 43rd annual convention Nov. 5 in Tubac, Ariz. Al Harrison founded Al Harrison & Sons, Nogales, Ariz., and was a pioneer in the watermelon importing and marketing industry. Harrison-Valdivia is vice president at Harrison Co.TUBAC, Ariz. — Two Nogales produce legends were honored at the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas 43rd annual convention.

The 2nd annual Pillars of the FPAA on Nov. 5 recognized Al Harrison and Walter Holm, and the awards were accepted by Al Harrison’s grandson Brent Harrison and Walter Holm’s son Axel Holm, respectively.

Al Harrison founded Al Harrison & Sons, a pioneer in watermelon importation and promotion, so much that Harrison was known as the “Watermelon King.”

Harrison died in 1985 at the age of 74.

Brent Harrison, president of Al Harrison Produce Co., Nogales, and his sister and company vice president Shelley Harrison-Valdivia, said their grandfather was an inspiration for their careers.

Walter Holm sold tomatoes for a Mexican grower in the 1930s and in 1936, he founded Mexican Produce Company. Later he founded Walter Holm & Co. and build a packinghouse in downtown Nogales to sell “Holm Grown” brand tomatoes.

He was instrumental in growing the vine-ripened tomato deal, and in 1944 he was one of the four founding members of the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors Association, which would later become the FPAA.

Axel Holm said his father was the kind of leader who let others take the limelight, so he was proud his father was recognized in this way. Walter Holm died in 1986 at age 84.

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Fernando de Saracho jr.    
Nogales Az  |  November, 09, 2011 at 08:59 AM

Felicidades Familia Harrison! Many consistent years doing the right thing, many more to come!!

Fernando de Saracho III    
Nogales Az  |  November, 09, 2011 at 01:40 PM

Right on Dad!

Fernando de Saracho. jr.    
Nogales Az  |  November, 11, 2011 at 10:49 PM

glad to hear you are doing fine son, I knew you had to be somewhere around here, come visit any time mi casa es su casa!

Mark Morales    
green valley  |  November, 09, 2011 at 03:34 PM

Congratulations to the Harrison & Holm's families, employees, and business partners. Walter & Al really forged everything your industry should be proud of.

Ed Macias    
Nogales  |  November, 09, 2011 at 04:00 PM

When will Yvette Trujillo Lugo be ecognized for her contributions to the Produce inustry in Nogales-Hermosillo-Culiacan?

gilbert trujillo    
nogales,az  |  November, 11, 2011 at 07:36 AM

congratulations, what an honor

Nogales  |  November, 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

It is quite an accomplishment that truly needs to be recognized, ESPECIALLY IN THIS INDUSTRY!!! My Best Regards to the Harrison Family as well as the Holmes Family!!! God Bless!!

el sacrificio  |  November, 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Rata mala paga.........

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